The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will sign a new striker to bolster their forward options this summer, but recent reports suggest they will have to break their transfer record in order to secure the signature of a long-term target.
According to a recent report from The Chronicle, Newcastle remain interested in signing Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord this summer, although they will need to pay £20 million in order to bring the striker to St James’ Park. The Magpies were interested in signing Jorgensen during the January transfer window but they were eventually priced out of a potential deal.
The Denmark international finished the season with 10 goals from 26 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie, which hardly represents a fantastic record considering the mediocre standard of the division. In a league as intense and quick as the Premier League, it’s unlikely that Jorgensen would be able to match the strike-rate he achieved in Holland last season, so Newcastle should turn their attention towards alternative targets this summer.
Although the deal would certainly be a difficult one to complete, Benitez should do everything in his power to bring Mario Balotelli to St James’ Park. The former Manchester City and Liverpool talent is no stranger to the Premier League, but he has undoubtedly improved both on and off the field since he left the Reds for AC Milan back in 2015.
After a season-long loan with the Italian giants Balotelli joined Nice on a free transfer, and he has thoroughly enjoyed himself during two full seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit. The 27-year-old is set to leave the club this summer when his contract expires at the end of a campaign in which he bagged a whopping 26 goals from 38 appearances in all-competitions.
Balotelli will leave the club with a semi-questionable disciplinary record which proves he remains a fiery character with problems to be managed, but considering his outstanding record in front of goal and the fact he will be available to sign on a free, Newcastle would be foolish not to sign him over the over-priced and unproven Jorgensen.
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